Dr. Gabrielle Kaminsky-Bayer (she/her) is a postdoctoral therapist with several years of experience working with adolescents, families, and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns. Dr. Kaminsky-Bayer treats trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, identity development, family discord, relationship challenges, sexual concerns, and life transitions. She developed a particular passion and specialty working with university and graduate students as she helped them navigate their unique career, life, and relationship transitions. Additionally, she is trained in the Gottman Method for Couples Counseling, which allows couples to increase their friendship, developing skills for managing conflict, and foster feelings of trust and commitment.
Dr. Kaminsky-Bayer views her’s therapeutic work through a multicultural, social justice, and anti-oppressive lens. This includes a keen emphasis on understanding how systems of power and privilege can manifest in individuals’ lives and the ways in which these systems can impact marginalized identities. Additionally, her clinical approach is rooted in sex-positivity, as she sees sex and sexuality as a universally human experience contributing to overall psychological health and quality of life. This approach is based on years of clinical research and teaching graduate coursework about sex and intimate relationships, female masturbation, and hook-up culture.
Overall, Dr. Kaminsky-Bayer believes that we all have an inherent need to feel connected, understood, and seen. She works collaboratively with patients to gain a better understanding of their current struggles and helps identify new ways of being that are more genuine and authentic to themselves. She prescribes to a psychodynamic and interpersonal method, which means collaborating with patients to gain an understanding of how early experiences underlie their behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and ways of connecting to themselves and with others. This approach posits that sometimes old ways of being in relationships may not effectively meet current needs – especially during times of transition and in new relationships.
University of Denver, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology
University of Pennsylvania, M.Phil.Ed Professional Counseling and Certified School Counselor
University of Pennsylvania, M.S.Ed Counseling and Mental Health Services
University of Minnesota-Student Counseling Services